Based on Volkswagen Group’s New MQB platform, the new Skoda Karoq SUV will rival the Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass
Skoda, the Czech automaker is gearing up for the launch of Kodiaq 7 seater in the Indian market. According to ACI, the company is also considering its newly unveiled Skoda Karoq SUV for Indian car market. The SUV has recently entered into production at the Skoda’s Kvasiny manufacturing plant in Czech Republic. It will first go on sale in Europe, followed by other countries. In India, the Karoq could come by mid 2018.
Skoda has recently discontinued its global Yeti SUV from India. However, the company is aiming to strengthen its SUV portfolio in the country. For instance, the Skoda range does not have any SUV for Indian market. With Kodiaq and Karoq, the company is aiming at some share in the growing SUV segment. Also See – Skoda Karoq 2018 Pictures & Details
While the Kodiaq will be launched as premium 7 seater SUV, the Karoq will be launched as a premium 5 seater. The Kodiaq SUV will rival the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and others in its league. The Karoq will come as replacement for the Yeti SUV and will take on the likes of Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson.
Skoda had unveiled the Karoq SUV in May this year. It is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform that also underpins the Kodiaq. The vehicle also shares several components and engine set-up from the newly launched new Volkswagen Tiguan. In global markets, the vehicle will be available with a range of petrol and diesel engines. For the Indian market, the SUV will come with two engine options – a 2.0-litre TDI diesel and a 1.8-litre TSI petrol. Both manual and automatic transmission options will be on offer.
Talking about styling, the Karoq SUV features Skoda’s new design language. It features the signature moustache grille, crystalline cut full-LED headlamps with 8 strips inspired by Bonheimian’s traditional glass art, fog lamps with infused LED units, etc. The rear profile is inspired from Kodiaq, and is equipped with the C-shaped taillamps. The SUV offers a boot space of 510-litres, which can be expanded to 1,810-litres by folding the rear seats. It will also be the first Skoda SUV to feature a digital instrument panel. The range-topping model is equipped with a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system and gesture control.
Source – ACI